Dear Travel Agents/Advisors,
During this Covid period I have been stressing the importance of using travel experts, giving tips on how to build your businesses stronger, and create a bigger clientele by promoting how good you are.
Now (if you haven’t started already) it is time to show your prospective and regular clients where they can travel and feel good about it.
Before I give you the list of countries that you can offer them, let me make two observations:
1) I see that the younger generation is very protective towards their seniors. When Covid started, my husband and I became very protective of my 90-year-old mother in law. She is very independent and got very depressed from being confined inside her home. She told us she would rather go to the supermarket and take the risk of dying even after taking all the necessary precautions, rather than being miserable at home all the time. We listened to her wishes and going to the supermarket makes her very happy, and so far, she has been very healthy.
Keep this in mind when talking to your clients. If they take the proper measures, they can enjoy life and be happy, despite their loved ones worrying so much.
2) If you haven’t heard yet, there are flights and cruises to nowhere for those who want to just “put their toes in the water” but are not yet ready to go swimming. Check those out, see where they are available, and maybe you have the kind of clients interested in that.
Now, a list of countries where US citizens don’t need to quarantine. This list can change at any time, so make sure it is accurate before booking your clients.
Where US citizens can visit with no testing or quarantine required
Note that though a test isn’t required, you may be tested upon arrival (randomly, or if you’re showing symptoms) and asked to isolate until you get your results. If you’re sick and do need to quarantine, it may be at your own expense.
- Brazil (health insurance covering Covid is required)
- Dominican Republic (passengers will be randomly selected for a breath test)
- Maldives (confirmed hotel required)
- Malta (only if you spend 14 days in an approved country first)
- Mexico (travelers must arrive by plane)
- North Macedonia
- Tanzania (health screening may include a test on arrival)
Where US citizens can visit with a negative Covid test and no quarantine required
Testing rules are all over the place. Some countries require a negative test from the last 72 hours while some allow tests that are five days old; some require a test before you board, and others test on arrival. In some countries, a single test is all that’s needed and in others you may need to be tested again depending on the length of your stay. Bottom line: check each country’s requirements carefully.
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Costa Rica (only visitors from select states are allowed)
- Croatia (with proof of booked accommodation)
- French Polynesia
- Kenya (travelers from California, Florida, and Texas must quarantine for 14 days)
- St. Lucia
- St. Barts
- St. Maarten
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- The Seychelles
- Turks and Caicos
Additionally, Belize, El Salvador, and Namibia have announced plans to reopen soon. Unfortunately, at this time there’s no word on when other countries, including those in the EU, may begin welcoming Americans again.